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Comparing Contracting Requirements and Practices of DoD and Commercial Space

A common refrain is that the United States remains at a strategic disadvantage because DoD procurement practices are complex, siloed, and opaque to the private sector.   Although space has yet to be explicitly declared a critical infrastructure,  US space companies face complex legal and regulatory requirements which leads to space systems characterized by high costs, long program schedules, and frequent delays.    Risk aversion, funding gaps and limiting supplier access to technologies or adherence to government-centric technology requirements limits cost reduction and speedy development.  Can this all be change by the acknowledgment that space is a critical infrastructure sector and needs a new set of rules and regulations?

Date: June 3, 2021 Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am Randy Segal

Hogan Lovells
Brigadier General Steve Butow
Director of the Space Portfolio

Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
Debra Facktor
Head of Space Systems

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense
Rick Lober
Vice President and General Manager of the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division

Hughes Network Systems
Ric VanderMeulen
Vice President of Space & Satellite Broadband